PAG batteries have always been one of the most compact camera power solutions available, but as broadcast cameras reduce in size, smaller batteries are becoming increasingly desirable. At IBC this year, PAG will launch its new 50Wh Mini PAGlink MPL50G: an ultra-compact, Li-Ion battery that incorporates PAG’s patented, intelligent, linking technology. In addition, the MPL50G features a fixed D-Tap output and a USB output that can be swapped by the user for a range of other options.
The new battery is compatible with full-sized Gold Mount camera plates as well as PAG’s new, smaller, MPLG mount, which is better suited for use with smaller cameras.
Weighing 350g, and measuring just 110 x 85 x 25mm, the MPL50G battery is ideal for powering cameras such as the Panasonic EVA1, or the Sony FS5. It has the outputs for camera accessories that broadcasters require, providing a single power source for the entire set-up. The D-Tap output (12V 10A) is fixed, but the USB output unit (5V 2A) can be removed easily by the user, and replaced with a Hirose, a Lemo or another D-Tap. This unique concept was first introduced by PAG with its PowerHub: an output plate designed for use with standard PAGlink batteries. The interchangeable units allow you to configure your power set-up with precisely the outputs you need.
Mini PAGlink batteries can be used to replace a multitude of incompatible batteries and chargers that are sometimes needed when broadcasters adopt smaller camcorders. However, The MPL50G is just as suitable for larger, news acquisition cameras, where it reduces the overall weight of the set-up. It is also a low-profile power option for a broad range of production equipment, such as monitors and lights.
Unlike other ‘mini’ format batteries, the MPL50G offers intelligent linking for charge or discharge. Patented PAGlink digital technology allows the linking of up to 8 batteries, in any state-of-charge. Linking 50Wh battery units enables you to control the capacity and weight of your power source to suit the application. If you are shooting handheld, you can keep it light with just one battery. If your set-up is tripod-mounted and includes multiple accessories, you can link multiple batteries, to provide more current or a longer run-time. Four MPL50G batteries provide 200Wh. Their capacities can be accessed in combination, to provide a current draw of up to 12A. A battery can be added or hot-swapped, when power is low, to ensure that you are always powered-up and ready for that all-important shot. Sharing the current demand between batteries prolongs overall life and provides a better return on investment; the MPL50G is guaranteed for 2 years.
MPL50G batteries can also be linked with the previous generation of PAGlink Gold Mount batteries, PL94 and PL150, for charging or discharging. They are compatible with existing PAGlink chargers, such as the ultra-compact Micro Charger, as well as chargers of other manufacturers, to offer versatility and an economic integration with existing systems.
Other features of the MPL50G include a high-resolution numeric display of run-time, capacity and battery data, including the number of charge/discharge cycles. Automatic digital communication with the camera also allows the battery to display its capacity in the VF/LCD.
The MPL50G is PAG’s first modular battery, designed to be fully-serviceable. Authorised replacement of modules, including cell-packs, is possible, whilst maintaining compliance with UN standards for flight safety. The ergonomic case design is combined with a robust construction, to survive the harshest working conditions.
The Gold Mount MPL50G Battery can be ordered at IBC, for shipping in October 2019.